Mackay District (Ext)

 

Locations

Bucasia  , Mackay  , Marian  , Sarina  , Slade Point

Maps

 Bucasia  , Mackay  , Marian  , Sarina  , Slade Point

Badge Description

Scout logo

Hibiscus – Local flower, of which there are more than 50 varieties in Queens Park Gardens [6].

The badge was first issued in May 1962 [6]

History

Mackay city was named after John Mackay. In 1860, he was the leader of an expedition into the Pioneer Valley, and established a pastoral station at Greenmount station.  Initially Mackay proposed to name the river Mackay River after his father George Mackay. Thomas Henry Fitzgerald surveyed the township and proposed it was called Alexandra after Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who married Prince Edward (later King Edward VII). However, in 1862 the river was renamed to be the Pioneer River, after the HMS Pioneer in which Queensland Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen travelled to the area, and the township name was changed to be Mackay in honour of John Mackay. Fitzgerald then decided to use the name Alexandra for his sugar cane plantation and sugar mill, which eventually provided the name to the Mackay suburb of Alexandra today.  The district was re-established on 1st April 2018.

In terms of scouting, by 1943, Mackay district had been established, and the District Commissioner at the time was F.K. Smith [1, 2].  The district was part of Central Queensland Zone in 1972 [3].  In 1980 this district was re-designated as part of Central and Coastal Region [4]. The last mention of Mackay District is in the April 2005 Edition of the Central & Coastal Region Newsletter, where the District Commissioner in 2005 was Margaret Hodda [5].

Groups

Mackay Scout Groups (1960): 1st Mackay Scout Group, 3rd Mackay Scout Group, 4th Mackay Scout Group, 5th Mackay Scout Group, 6th Mackay Scout Group, 7th Mackay Scout Group, North Mackay Scout Group, Crediton Scout Group, Sarina Scout Group, Slade Point Scout Group, Glennella Scout Group [7]

Mackay Scout Groups (1971): 1st Mackay Scout Group, 3rd Mackay Scout Group, 4th Mackay Scout Group, 5th Mackay Scout Group, 6th Mackay Scout Group, 7th Mackay Scout Group, Marian Scout Group, North Mackay Scout Group, Sarina Scout Group [8]

Mackay Scout Groups (1983):  Bucasia Scout Group, 1st Mackay Scout Group, 3rd Mackay Scout Group, 4th Mackay Scout Group, 5th Mackay Scout Group, 7th Mackay Scout Group, Marian Scout Group, North Mackay Scout Group, Marian Scout Group, Sarina Scout Group, Slade Point Scout Group [9]

References

  1. Fones, R. (1992). In the light of all the years. Toowong, Australia: The Scout Association of Australia-Queensland Branch.. p. 79, 80.
  2. The Totem (1943). “Appointments”. Vol 5 (54), May p. 22.
  3. Scouting in Queensland (1972). “Capricorn Coast Zone Conference Report”. Vol 11 (6), July, p. 4.
  4. Scout (1980). “Coming Regional Events: Central and Coastal Region”. Jan-Feb, p.47.
  5. Central & Coastal Region Newsletter. Issue 1 2005, April Edition
  6. Haskard, D. (1983). The complete book of Australian Scout badges: Part 2, Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Chatswood, NSW: Badgophilist Publications. p. 17.
  7. Australian Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1959). Annual Report 1958-1959.
  8. The Boy Scouts Association, Queensland Branch (1971). Area, group and district directory 1971. Abel & Co.
  9. The Scout Association of Australia, Qld Branch. (1983). Directory: Areas, Regions, Districts, Groups 1983.